Chandra Ram is a cookbook author and the editor of Plate, an award-winning food magazine for chefs. She got here after earning degrees in journalism (Loyola University Chicago) and culinary arts (The Culinary Institute of America), and sipping and studying her way to pass the certificate level of the Court of Master Sommelier exam. She spent years ping-ponging between writing, cooking, serving and bartending, and in the process, has cooked and eaten some incredible food, and split a lot of tea on her laptop.
Chandra is a member of IACP, Les Dames d’Escoffier and the James Beard Foundation Award committee, and has won multiple awards for her writing and editing work including a James Beard nomination, an IACP nomination, several Jesse H. Neal awards and Folio awards, an Association of Food Journalists award, and the McAllister Editorial Fellowship. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jay, and two perfect cats.